Dodgers and Padres Will Play Three-Game Series In Mexico in May

Oct 1 2015 San Diego CA USA A detailed view of the San Diego Padres logo on the field before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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The Dodgers and Padres will square off south of the border next season.

According to the Los Angeles Times, an official announcement will come Monday. The series in Monterrey replaces one the Dodgers and Padres had been scheduled to play in San Diego that weekend.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was raised in Chula Vista and Tijuana, said, "This series will be memorable for all involved, as we visit Monterrey to repay the baseball fans in Mexico for their never-ending support of the game we all love". In addition, there are preliminary plans to also play games in Asia and the United Kingdom over the next few years. The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will compete in Puerto Rico during an April series in 2018.

Four years after opening the regular season in Australia, the Dodgers will be going south of the border again in 2018 - but not almost as far south this time. Cleveland and Minnesota will play a two-game series from April 17-18 at San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Philadelphia and the Mets will meet on August 19 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, near the site of the Little League World Series.

The Padres market extensively in nearby Mexico.

The Padres also participated in a three-game series vs. the Mets in Monterrey in 1996.

Padres infield prospect Luis Urias, a native of Magdalena de Kino, is expected to make his own big-league debut sometime next season. He batted.174 in 23 at-bats. The stadium was damaged during Hurricane Maria in September but is expected to be repaired sufficiently to host the series next spring. Non-playing personnel - primarily managers, coaches, athletic trainers and clubhouse staffers - each would receive a $40,000 bonus.

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